Composer Daniel Licht, who has worked on video games in both the Dishonored and Silent Hill series, passed away on August 2nd after a battle with cancer.
Licht had just started work in video games. In 2012 Licht became the new composer for the Silent Hill series after longtime composer Akira Yamaoka left Konami. He did the soundtrack for both Silent Hill: Downpour and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. He is perhaps better known for doing the soundtracks for both Dishonored and its sequel Dishonored 2. According to his blog, he was working on the soundtrack for the upcoming Dishonored: Death of the Outsider as well.
While Licht had composed for a couple of video games, he was best known for composing the soundtrack to hit TV series Dexter. His career started when he composed the music for the 1991 horror movie Children of the Night. He also worked on both Children of the Corn II and III, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Thinner, and Brave New World, along with various other movies. Besides Dexter, Licht did the soundtrack for several TV shows, including Kitchen Confidential, Body of Proof, and The Red Road.
While I’ll admit that I’m only really familiar with his Silent Hill and Dishonored work, Daniel Licht was clearly very talented and it’s heartbreaking to hear about his passing. Some of his work was quite impressive, (The Light Boss from Silent Hill: Book of Memories is actually a favorite of mine) and it’s hard to find any songs by him that I genuinely dislike. Of all his work, Dishonored‘s credit theme Honor for All, which he performed with his nephew Jon Licht, is one of the very few video game songs that I considered so good I put it on my iPod for listening to whenever. Daniel Licht will be sorely missed.
Image Credit: Daniel Licht’s Facebook page